Earth, Moon & Sun

The Earth-Moon system. Tidal force. Response of idealized and real oceans. Tidal friction. Synchronous rotation. Evolution of the Moon's orbit. Precession of Moon's orbit. Precession of Earth.


Please read the following in Carroll & Ostlie.

19.2 Tidal Forces
The Physics of Tides— The Effects of Tides— Synchronous Rotation— Additional Tidal Effects from the Sun — The Roche Limit


Problem Set #3: Due 11 September 2012

Moon Animation: simulated images of the Moon from 01-Jan-2012 at 00:00 UT to 31-Dec-2012 at 18:00 UT.



Precession of the Earth-Moon system

Axial Precession

Tidal Wave!

Joshua E. Barnes      (barnes at
Updated: 06 September 2012
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